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Talk and Tutorial Call Closes, Reviews Begin

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
As the September 15 deadline for talk and tutorial proposals approached, the Python community contributed yet another record setting group of submissions. Going from PyCon 2012 to 2013, we saw an increase of 80 submissions, bringing 458 proposals through the review system. It made for a lot of work by our volunteer program committee last year, but they did a great job in putting together a fantastic schedule, and our speakers did an amazing job on stage to make the best PyCon yet.

For PyCon 2014, you, the community, topped last year by 107, bringing us to a total of 565 talk proposals! This is simply incredible, especially as we've seen proposals from a wider range of people than ever. We've gotten a lot of proposals from first-timers, including more students than past years. Several user groups got together over the last few months to run brainstorming sessions, and they've produced some excellent proposals. The outreach groups in our community have done the same, and they've done awesome work to encourage more women to propose talks.

Even though the call for talks and tutorials has closed, lightning talk proposals are still being accepted through October 15, and posters are being accepted through November 1. For more information, see our Call for Proposals!

Join the Program Committee!


Those 565 talk proposals and 71 tutorial proposals aren't going to review themselves. Each year, a team of volunteers comes together to review each and every one of those proposals in order to shape the conference schedule. We could always use help and fresh perspectives, so we encourage everyone to join. We start by reviewing proposals in an online system, then we debate them in IRC meetings, and we pass them through rounds of review both individually and in comparison to others. It's a fun time, so read more about it on our Program Committee page and sign up today!

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